American Airlines Boeing 787 was heading from Frankfurt to Dallas Fort Worth when the flight squawked 7700 and headed for Glaswegian airport instead.
American Airlines Boeing 787
Passengers traveling between Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) were given the shock of their lives on American Airlines Boeing 787 on November 27th, as reported said a strong burning odor was coming from the aircraft. The aircraft in question was a Boeing 787-9 (registration N826AN) and joined American Airlines in May 2017.
Moving back at 11:13 local time, 23 minutes after its scheduled departure, it was expecting to make it to Dallas airport in its usual ten-hour travel time, however as the aircraft headed over Scotland, it diverted to Glasgow operating the squawk 7700 code at 35,000ft.
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This code informed all tracking ground controllers that the aircraft had an emergency and should be provided appropriate assistance. The American Airlines Boeing 787 made an emergency landing soon after, reaching safely at the Glaswegian airport at 13:25.
N826AN sat on Glasgow Airport’s runway for some time while other planes circled, where fire services and paramedics met it and then safely transported it to the gate. An American Airlines spokesperson has said on the incident:
“Our maintenance team is evaluating the aircraft. We never want to disrupt our passengers’ travel plans, and we apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. Our maintenance team is operating to get travelers to Dallas/Fort Worth as soon as possible.”
Passengers onboard also saw the flight dumping fuel as it prepared for the emergency landing. While it looks dramatic, reducing the fuel weight is crucial to a safe coming and preventing a hard landing. More details about the burning smell, specifically what caused it, are yet to reach.
Loganair LM86 departed Belfast International Airport (BFS) on November 21st, bound for Aberdeen Airport (ABZ) on the 1-hour, 12-minute flight, but en route announced its own squawk 7700 and emergency landing at Edinburgh International Airport safely 15 minutes later. Loganair has since ensured that the emergency landing was taken out of precaution due to a technical problem.
Residents reported a stream of emergency vehicles headed for the airport. The decision was made while the airline traveled at 25,000 feet and descended to 7,000ft over Lanarkshire before heading to Edinburgh. With Loganair since advising:
The aircraft landed without incident at Edinburgh Airport and alternative travel is being arranged for all passengers. The safety of all passengers and crew is of utmost importance to us at Loganair, and we thank all involved for their patience.” All passengers disembarked safely and were provided with alternative travel arrangements.
Squawk codes are used for precise and effective communication between air traffic control (ATC) and an aircraft. The squawk code is a 4-digit number that is given to each aircraft that then aids in identification.
This Squawk code will appear on the air traffic control (ATC)’s screens, along with all vital flight reports like altitude and speed. The Squawk code will only be changed in certain circumstances – most notably in the event of an emergency when it is switched to 7700.
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Sources: Express.co.uk, Herald Scotland